Drogheda, Ireland 1075
The sixth son bears a curse as certain as the seventh son bears a blessing. When Tadhg MacNaughton's betrothed is ripped from his arms and married to another, he believes the legend is true.
Tisa O'Brien's life slams into a downward spiral at the news she is no longer betrothed to the love of her life but to the tanist of a warring, prideful clan with dangerous political aspirations, the Meic Lochlainn. She faces her destiny with all the strength and dignity of her Irish heritage despite dealing with a husband who resents her and meets his needs in the arms of others, fighting off the lustful advances of her father-in-law, Aodh, and longing for the husband of her heart.
Tadhg MacNaughton makes a deal with the devil to ensure the survival of his clan as he is commanded to fight for Aodh who envisions himself the new High King of Eire. Up close and personal, Tadhg must witness his true love's marriage and remain silent even as it rips him apart. When a sinister plot to overthrow King William of England led by the exiled Leofrid Godwin and Clan Meic Lochlainn comes to light, Tadhg is faced with saving his clan or endangering his sister and her Norman husband.
York takes the reader on a journey back to 11th-century Ireland in the fast-paced and enjoyable fourth Norman Conquest romance (after The Irish Warrior). Tadhg MacNaughton has become chieftain upon the death of his father, Padraig. The old chieftain had broken off a treaty that joined the MacNaughton family with the O'Briens, an act that annulled Tadhg's betrothal to his beloved, Tisa O'Brien. Before Tadhg can craft a new treaty or reinstate the betrothal, Tisa's father weds her to Darragh Meic Lochlainn. Tisa is very unhappy in her marriage and her new home with the Meic Lochlainn clan; her cruel husband is not sexually attracted to women and, she fears, cannot protect her from other men who wish her harm. When she and Tadhg meet again, they learn that the spark that was kindled between them years ago has never been extinguished. York expertly combines her historical knowledge with romance and intrigue in this alluring tale of parted lovers whose greatest desire is to be together once again. (BookLife)